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JIM THORPE’S CREDIT ACCOUNT, 1911

The policy of awarding Carlisle athletes a $25 overcoat and $25 suit of clothes when they earned their varsity letter was started by Superintendent Richard Henry Pratt. The rewards they enjoyed under Coach Pop Warner were considerably greater. Every athletic boy was given his own charge account at Blumenthal's haberdashery in the town of Carlisle. "Gloves," "handkerchief," "shirt" and "underwear" are among the many items listed on Thorpe's account sheet. In the football players' quarters there was a pool table, a music box and a reading room. Their food was better than anything served in school's main dining hall. The local police were paid off to keep an eye on the Carlisle athletes and treat them gently in town. Despite their alleged amateur status players received regular cash payments in the form of loans and "monthly expenses" of $10 to $15 each. During the 1907 and 1908 seasons a total of $9,233 in cash was given to Warner's athletes.

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WARDECKER'S STORE, CARLISLE, PA

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